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Materials Horizons Symposium

July 10, 2014

On July 28th, 2014, the Materials Horizons symposium will showcase materials scientists presenting their best materials research. The research showcased will be on a wide variety of cutting-edge topics in line with the ethos and scope of Materials Horizons. Professor Emily Weiss warmly invites you to take part in this event.

 

ANSER Researcher Tejas Shastry Competes in Prize-Winning Team at the 2014 Clean Energy Challenge

April 7, 2014

ANSER student researcher Tejas Shastry and the Nothwestern myPower team competed in the 2014 Clean Energy Student Challenge. The myPower team was awarded the $75,000 Clean Energy Trust Consumer Favorite Prize for their development of a consumer device that captures and converts the kinetic energy of a user’s daily motion into extra charge for a cell phone.

 

Jonathan Owen - ANSER Center Monthly Speaker

April 3, 2014

The ANSER Center is delighted to welcome Dr Jonathan Owen of Columbia University to the ANSER Center. On Thursday, April 3rd, he is giving a talk entitled, "The Coordination Chemistry of Semiconductor Nanocrystals."

 

Kyoung-Shin Choi - ANSER Center Monthly Speaker

March 5, 2014

The ANSER Center is delighted to welcome Dr Kyoung-Shin Choi of the University of Wisconsin-Madison to the ANSER Center. On Thursday, March 6th, she is giving a talk entitled, "Materials Chemistry via Electrochemistry: Electrochemical Synthesis of Electrode Materials with Controlled Architectures for Use in Solar Energy Conversion."

 

ANSER PIs Mercouri Kanatzidis and Robert Chang engineer a breakthrough in perovskite solar cells.

February 23, 2014

Groundbreaking ANSER research into solid-state solar cells contributes to a renaissance in the research of perovskite solar cells.

 

Steven Freilich - ANSER Center Monthly Speaker

February 0, 2014

The ANSER Center is delighted to welcome Dr Steven Freilich, Director of Materials Science at DuPont Central Research and Development, to the ANSER Center. On Thursday, February 6th, he is giving a talk entitled, "DuPont Materials Technology Development in the Energy Space."

 

FUSE teacher Michelle Burke from Schaumburg will attend State of the Union as guest of Congresswoman Duckworth.

January 27, 2014

Teacher Michelle Burke, who participated in the ANSER, FUSE, and SIEMENS-sponsored Solar Roller program, has been invited by Congresswoman Duckworth to attend the State of the Union address.

 

ANSER partners with NU's FUSE program and Siemens Corporation in student Solar Roller program

January 14, 2014

In the Solar Roller Challenge, brought to local high schools in partnership by ANSER, FUSE, and Siemens, local students tested the solar cars they had designed and built in a lightless tunnel.

 

ANSER Unveils its New Publication Page

January 13, 2014

ANSER's entire catalog of papers are now searchable by Primary Investigator, research topic, and year.

 

ANSER participates in Two Degrees and You: An NU Approach to Climate Change

January 10, 2014

ANSER takes part in a new exhibit at Northwestern University Library that highlights research climate change through science, innovative engineering, student initiatives and strategic imperatives to reduce greenhouse gases and develop clean energy. ANSER's exhibit explores the recent breathrough in solar cell technology by ANSER PIs Robert Chang and Mercouri Kanatzidis.

 

Greg Engel - ANSER Center Monthly Speaker

January 1, 2014

The ANSER Center welcomes Dr Greg Engel, of the University of Chicago, to the ANSER Center. On Thursday, January 16th, he is giving a talk entitled, "Quantum Mechanics and Biology: Elucidating Design Principles of Photosynthetic Energy Transfer."

James McCusker - ANSER Center Monthly Speaker

December 5, 2013

The ANSER Center welcomes Dr James McCusker, of Michigan State University, to the ANSER Center. On Thursday, December 5th, he is giving a talk entitled, "First-row Transition Metal-based Chromophores for Solar Energy Conversion: Challenges and Opportunities."

 

Victor Batista - ANSER Center Monthly Speaker

November 7, 2013

The ANSER Center welcomes Dr Victor Batista, of Yale University, to the ANSER Center. On Thursday, November 7th, he is giving a talk entitled, "Studies of PCET in Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis."

 

Bernard Kippelen - ANSER Center Monthly Speaker

October 3, 2013

The ANSER Center welcomes Dr Bernard Kippelen, of Georgia Tech, to the ANSER Center. On Thursday, October 3rd, he is giving a talk entitled, "Organic Photovoltaics: New Strategies and Old Concepts."

 

Tom Mallouk - ANSER Center Monthly Speaker

September 1, 2013

The ANSER Center welcomes Dr Tom Mallouk, of Pennsylvania State University, to the ANSER Center. On Thursday, September 5th, he is giving a talk entitled, “Nanostructures for Improving the Spectral Response of Photovoltaic Cells."

 

Plastic Solar Cells See Bright Future

August 12, 2013

In a paper appearing August 11, 2013 in the journal Nature Photonics1, a team of faculty members and students led by ANSER PI Tobin J. Marks reports the design and synthesis of new polymer semiconductors and reports the realization of polymer solar cells with fill factors of 80%.

 

ANSER Hosts a Solar Energy Teachers Workshop

August 2, 2013

This year on August 5-6, ANSER hosted teachers from local schools on two hands-on lab experiences: making dye-sensitized solar cells and solar hydrogen generation. ANSER researchers Melanie Butler, William Hoffeditz, Sameer Patwardhan, Monica So, Emily Swartz, and Scott Weingarten conducted demonstrations and made lesson plans with dozens of local science teachers.

 

Department of Energy EFRC Annual 2013 Meeting

July 19, 2013

Congratulations to ANSER member and graduate student Brett Savoie! His lecture at the 2013 Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) meeting in Washington D.C. was one of three seminars awarded at the meeting.

 

ANSER Center Symposium - Keynote

April 22, 2013

The ANSER Center is pleased to announce Dr Stephen Forrest of the University of Michigan as its Symposium Keynote speaker.

 

ANSER Center Symposium

April 22, 2013

The ANSER Center is pleased to announce its 5th annual Symposium.

 

Stephen Maldonado - ANSER Center Monthly Speaker

April 4, 2013

The ANSER Center welcomes Dr Stephen Maldonado, of the University of Michigan, to the ANSER Center. On Thursday, April 4th, he is giving a talk entitled, "Design and Synthesis of Nanostructured Crystalline Inorganic Semiconductor Materials for Electrochemical Energy Conversion/Storage."

 

Joseph Subotnik - ANSER Center Monthly Speaker

March 5, 2013

The ANSER Center welcomes Dr Joseph Subotnik, of the University of Pennsylvania, to the ANSER Center. On Thursday, March 7th, he is giving a talk entitled, "A molecular interpretation of Marcus Theory From The Surface Hopping Perspective."

 

Frank Würthner - ANSER Center Special Speaker

March 3, 2013

The ANSER Center welcomes Dr Frank Würthner, of the Universität Würzburg, Institut für Organische Chemie & Center for Nanosystems Chemistry, to the ANSER Center. On Monday, March 4th, he is giving a talk entitled, "Supramolecular Photosystems Based on Dye Aggregates."

 

ANSER Center member Kelly Lefler successfully defends her dissertation

February 26, 2013

The ANSER Center congratulates ANSER Center member Kelly Lefler on the successful defense of her dissertation. Dr Lefler was a member of the Wasielewski research group within research Subtask 1.

 

New Publication: "Phase Discrimination through Oxidant Selection in Low-Temperature Atomic Layer Deposition of Crystalline Iron Oxides" published in the February 2013 issue of Langmuir

February 24, 2013

ANSER Center Postdoctoral fellow Shannon Riha's article, "Phase Discrimination through Oxidant Selection in Low-Temperature Atomic Layer Deposition of Crystalline Iron Oxides" is published by Langmuir in their February 2013 issue. Dr Riha worked under the supervision of ANSER PI Alex Martinson.

 

ANSER Center member Mike Vagnini successfully defends his dissertation

February 19, 2013

The ANSER Center congratulates ANSER Center member Mike Vagnini on the successful defense of his dissertation. Dr Vagnini was a member of the Wasielewski research group within research Subtask 1.

 

New Publication: "Atomic Layer Deposition of a Submonolayer Catalyst for the Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Performance of Water Oxidation with Hematite" published in the February 2013 issue of ACS Nano

February 11, 2013

ANSER Center Postdoctoral fellow Shannon Riha's article, "Atomic Layer Deposition of a Submonolayer Catalyst for the Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Performance of Water Oxidation with Hematite" is published by ACS Nano in their February 2013 issue. Dr Riha worked under the supervision of ANSER PIs Michael Pellin and Alex Martinson.

 

Bart Bartlett - ANSER Center Monthly Speaker

February 6, 2013

The ANSER Center welcomes Dr Bart Bartlett, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, to the ANSER Center. On Thursday, February 7th, he is giving a talk entitled, "Designing Chemically Robust Metal Oxides for Visible-Light Photocatalysis: toward SolarZ-Scheme Water Splitting."

 

New Publication: "Isolation of a Mixed Valence Diiron Hydride: Evidence for a Spectator Hydride in Hydrogen Evolution Catalysis" published in the February 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society

February 4, 2013

ANSER Center member Tom Rauchfuss's article, "Isolation of a Mixed Valence Diiron Hydride: Evidence for a Spectator Hydride in Hydrogen Evolution Catalysis" is published by the Journal of the American Chemical Society in their February 2013 issue. Dr Rauchfuss supervised ANSER Postdoctoral fellow Wenguang Wang in the research and writing of this paper.

 

New Publication: "Hematite-based Photo-oxidation of Water Using Transparent Distributed Current Collectors" published in the January 2013 issue of ACS Applied Material Interfaces

January 3, 2013

ANSER Center Postdoctoral fellow Shannon Riha's article, "Hematite-based Photo-oxidation of Water Using Transparent Distributed Current Collectors" is published by ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces in their January 2013 issue. Dr Riha worked under the supervision of ANSER PIs Michael Pellin, Joseph Hupp, and Alex Martinson.

 

All-Solid-State Solar Technology Opens Bigger Window to the Sun

February 9, 2012

Frontiers in Energy Research, a subsidiary of the US Department of Energy, showcases groundbreaking research in dye-sensitized solar cells by Mercouri Kanatzidis and R. P. H. Chang.

ANSER's Gary Brudvig named as the acting Director of Yale's new Energy Sciences Institute

September 6, 2012

Prof. Gary Brudvig named acting director of the new Energy Sciences Institute at Yale University.

 

Novel Strategies for Solar Cells Featured on the Cover of Energy & Environmental Science

August 9, 2012

New research from groups of Tobin Marks and Mark Ratner describes novel strategies for making highly efficient and inexpensive solar cells based on the specific properties of the molecules involved, as featured in the cover article of the journal Energy & Environmental Science.

 

ANSER researcher Tejas Shastry publishes paper to Advanced Materials in collaboration with ANSER PIs.

July 27, 2012

ANSER Center graduate student Tejas Shastry's article, "Narrow Diameter Distributions of Metallic Arc Discharge Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes via Dual-Iteration Density Gradient Ultracentrifugation" is published by Advanced Materials in their July 2012 issue. Mr Shastry worked under the supervision of ANSER PI Mark Hersam.

 

Taking Solar Technology Up a Notch

July 11, 2012

Professors Robert Chang, and Mercouri Kanatzidis, publish their groundbreaking advancements in the development of inexpensive and environmentally friendly solar cells, as detailed in an article in the journal Nature.

 

National Geographic Recognizes World-Changing Discovery

March 24, 2012

The discovery of Northwestern University’s Mark A. Ratner, a world-renowned pioneer in nanoscience, is featured in a special issue of National Geographic titled “100 Scientific Discoveries That Changed the World.” Ratner is lauded for his contributions to molecular electronics. Other world-changing advances and ideas noted in the issue include evolution, penicillin, the Internet, regenerative medicine and the transistor.

 

Two Elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 9, 2012

Tobin J. Marks and Samuel I. Stupp receive the highest professional distinction, election to the National Academy of Engineering.

"Search for the ANSER" Documentary Now Available on YouTube

December 9, 2011

ANSER Center documentary, "Search for the ANSER," produced by the Big Ten Network and Northwestern University Relations, is now available on YouTube. This 22-minute film highlights the research, and features sixteen of ANSER's PIs, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. The documentary aired on the Big Ten Network on November 10, 2010, and will continue to run over the next two years.

 

Something New Under the Sun

December 5, 2011

For a dream team of Northwestern researchers, the sun provides powerful answers to the world's looming energy issues.

 

ANSER Enters DOE Video Contest

April 22, 2011

As part of the Science for Our Nation’s Energy Future: Energy Frontier Research Centers Summit & Forum,the 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) were invited to create short, engaging films that educate, inspire, and entertain an intelligent but not expert audience about the extraordinary science, innovation and people in their centers.

 

David Tiede Featured on WBEZ

January 13, 2011

Dave Tiede, a senior chemist and group leader at Argonne National Laboratory, was recently featured on WBEZ. View the news story and listen to the podcast as Dave discusses unlocking the secrets of photosynthesis.

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